The Epidemic That Killed One-Third of England’s Population

The black death claimed 60 percent of Europe’s population.

The Triumph of Death by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, circa 1562, oil on panel. Museo del Prado. (via WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

InIn the year 1347, the worst epidemic in recorded history raged over Europe. Picture a pandemic murdering 60 percent of Europe’s population. The bubonic plague, also known as Black Death, killed an estimated 155 to 200 million people.

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